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b2ap3_thumbnail_Robert-Leon.jpgProfessional experience is important in building a healthy resume, which is exactly why finance major Robert Leon began exploring internship opportunities for the summer. Approaching his junior year of college, he wanted the opportunity to intern at a small firm to gain some practical experience since his resume was somewhat bleak in the financial sector.

Leon’s search process led him to an amazing opportunity with financial giant JPMorgan Chase (JPMC). The worst thing, he thought, was that they would just say no. Not having high hopes, Leon was surprised to receive an email notifying him that his application had passed the first round of screening and he was selected as a candidate.

The next step was to write two essays, one that explained why he would like to intern with JPMC and one that shared his interest in the financial sector. Two weeks after submitting his essays, Leon received another email that said he was chosen for an interview. Leon describes the whole interview process as a surreal experience.

The interview was a two-day event in Dallas, Texas, which consisted of various meetings, seminars and a face-to-face interview. During the interview process, JPMC also offered advice on how to transition from the classroom to corporate America, information that will be extremely helpful entering the workforce.

Leon’s professors at Waynesburg spent a few weeks prepping him with mock interviews to better prepare him with possible questions and build his confidence.

“It was quite intimidating coming from a small school, but from sitting down and talking with the other students, I felt strongly about my preparation and the coursework that Waynesburg University has provided me,” said Leon. “I could go toe-to-toe with any of those students and I credit a lot of that to the diligence and constant challenges that Dr. Ola has given me.”

Leon competed against 19 other candidates from many high profile national schools. He was offered the position about a week after the Dallas interview event.

Leon’s acceptance led him to JPMC’s corporate offices in Columbus, Ohio, to serve as a two-month summer intern in the Chase Leadership Development Program, serving on the Consumer Bank Risk Management Quality Assurance team.

Much of his work included checking controls and running tests in different proprietary applications to ensure that fraud alerts are triggered in different transactions, which was a completely new area for Leon and presented him with some challenges along the way.

“Just within the first two weeks, I learned far more than I would have expected,” said Leon. “It wasn’t a job of making copies and getting coffee; I was [quickly] doing practical work to help add value to the team.”

In addition to learning the job responsibilities and managing his schedule, Leon was challenged by the international scope of his team, half of which was located in Mumabi, India. This presented Leon with a time zone and language barrier that he didn’t expect going into the internship.

“We have conference calls or telepresence meetings to get everyone together, but you can’t just walk down the hall to ask a question,” said Leon. “Patience and understanding were the only ways to describe how to handle those situations.”

Fortunately, Leon describes, everyone was very helpful with whatever questions he had. He shared that questions were encouraged because it shows that you are engaged in your work.

Overall, the experience was everything Leon had hoped for and more.

“The internship has shown me what corporate culture is like and what is expected on a daily basis,” said Leon. “You have to use a creative mindset along with a strong analytical framework to figure out the problem and a way to deliver what is expected.”

Waynesburg has helped Leon in learning this mindset for approaching problems and handling a professional workload. He has a new level of appreciation for the liberal arts education he is receiving at the University and realized it has allowed him to appreciate the views and ideas of others more easily.

Even through his participation on Waynesburg sports teams, he has built professional skills that are important in the work force, such as time-management and prioritization.

“In the professional world, the to-do list never ends; there is always work to do, but you have to set your priorities for each day,” said Leon. “My experience in managing school work and sports has been a great asset to rely on in the workplace and helped me to show a willingness to take on multiple projects at one time.”

Being able to have this experience at such an early age has been a blessing for Leon. The opportunities, both educationally and professionally, can be endless moving forward.

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science recently received a $6,000 grant from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) for the purchase of a new spectrometer.

According to the SSP, a record number of applications were received but only 11 institutions were chosen. Waynesburg will be purchasing a new Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer with the funds.

“Grants like this are important because they help us to acquire modern instrumentation that we can use to educate our students and prepare them to work as chemists,” said Dr. Evonne Balduff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. “It greatly enables us to make purchases that we would otherwise not be able to achieve without significant planning and saving.”

The spectrometer will be used in a number of chemistry labs to help students develop skills in acquiring and deciphering infrared spectra. Waynesburg’s forensic science courses will also have the opportunity to use the instrument.

“Learning infrared is an important skill for our students to gain, whether they hope to go to graduate school or work in the chemistry industry,” said Baldauff.

The SSP is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region through the support of member education programs, teacher and student awards, a wide variety of educational programs and grant programs for high schools, colleges and beginning university professors.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CEO_20160617-165655_1.jpgWaynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee has been selected as a co-recipient of the Southpointe CEO Association’s World Class CEO Award for 2016. Lee, along with co-recipient Charles Keller, senior counsel at the law firm of Peacock Keller, were honored Thursday, June 16, at a dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe. 

“I am honored to be recognized by the Southpointe CEO Association,” said Lee. “This award reflects the dedication of the entire Waynesburg University community. Together, we bring life to our mission of inspiring and challenging our students to pursue lives of leadership and purpose.”

Located south of Pittsburgh, the Southpointe CEO Association is supported and directed by CEOs in the Southpointe business park. In keeping with the public-private partnership that gave birth to Southpointe, the association brings local, national and international leaders together for informative events and works with government officials on all levels to build upon and expand the region's business success.

Lee joined Waynesburg University as executive vice president in October 2009. He was unanimously elected president of the University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013. Prior to Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the Law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC, where he worked for nearly 20 years. He also established and sold a multi-line insurance business after college graduation.

Under Lee’s leadership, Waynesburg University has received national attention for the economic outcomes of its graduates. The University is a Pittsburgh Business Times “Best Place to Work for 2015” and recognized internationally as one of the most beautiful Christian college campuses in the world by Christian Universities Online. 

In March 2015, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccredited Waynesburg University for a 10-year period. Currently, Lee is leading the $23 million revitalization of the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall, which is creating a state-of-the-art academic facility for the sciences.

Lee was named to The Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list of 2013 and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®. He is an elder at the Presbyterian Church, has served on the Greene County Planning Commission and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia and the FBI Citizens Academy. 

He is an Eagle Scout, has served on the Executive Board for the Mountaineer Area Council Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Fort Jackson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He has also served on the Boards of the Union Rescue Mission in Fairmont, W.Va., the Harrison County Bar Association, the Westminster Foundation of West Virginia and Howe Cemetery. He was a volunteer fireman, serving as line officer and executive officer.

An endurance athlete, Lee is a finisher of three Ironman Triathlons and six marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon and Death Valley Marathon.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Stem_logo.pngWaynesburg University will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camp Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22, sponsored through a $20,000 contribution from Chevron Appalachia LLC.

“We are proud to partner with Waynesburg University to provide creative, hands-on learning opportunities in a STEM summer camp setting for students in southwest Pennsylvania,” said Trip Oliver, manager of Policy, Government and Public Affairs for Chevron. “Chevron is investing in rural communities, in particular, to strengthen STEM education and active learning, and we were excited to be introduced to Waynesburg’s STEM camp and to support the forward-thinking leadership of Waynesburg University.”

Students will select from three available sessions: Nanotech Materials or Synthesis and Analysis, Field Biology or Forensic Science, and Microscopy or STEM Variety Session. The variety session will include a range of topics from artificial intelligence to engineering, geology and more. Sessions will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

The camp is open to all high school students and costs $250 which includes all activities, including lab experiments, lodging in the University’s upperclassman residence halls and hot meals throughout the week. A detailed schedule is available online at

A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be offered to students in need of financial assistance. To apply for a scholarship, students will need to register online and prepare an essay detailing their passion for STEM fields and why they would like to attend the camp. Essays are to be submitted electronically to Sarah Bell at by June 27.

“Hosting STEM Camp allows faculty at Waynesburg University to share our knowledge and experience with high school students in hopes that they will recognize that pursuing science helps to develop a curiosity about the world around us,” said Evonne Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science.

To register, visit by July 1. For more information, contact Bell at 724-852-7790 or

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-9-Ohio-honors.jpgWaynesburg University has selected Marissa Appleby of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, as the recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship.

The prestigious award is given to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences, and pays the complete tuition, room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. Through this scholarship, more than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient over the course of his or her four years at Waynesburg.

In addition to being an Ohio resident, recipients must display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills. The recipient must also major in one of the areas of math or science.

“I would like to thank the Taussigs and the scholarship committee members for giving me this incredible opportunity,” said Appleby. “This will allow me to focus on my education without having to worry about financial obligations.”

In the past year, Appleby was diagnosed and treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“The cost of that was financially overwhelming for my family, so this is a true blessing,” said Appleby. “I believe being awarded this scholarship and attending Waynesburg University will change my life for the better.”

Appleby is excited about the new community she will join when she becomes a Yellow Jacket in the fall. She said she experienced the warmth and kindness of Waynesburg when she visited campus, and she cannot wait for orientation day.

Appleby plans to major in biology and would like to pursue genetics counseling at a children’s hospital as a career.

As a high school senior at Woodridge High School, Appleby was involved in a number of activities including National Honor Society; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Drama Club; Helping Everyone Achieve Respect and Tolerance (HEART) Committee; Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA); and the Interact Club.

Appleby is a student ambassador for the HEART Committee, which is the anti-bullying committee for Woodridge High School.  She provides support for 9th grade students when they need help or guidance.

FCCLA and the Interact Club enabled her to be involved in the local community.

“We did a lot of volunteer work for events at the high school and helped with fundraisers for the school or outside organizations,” said Appleby about FCCLA.

Appleby is active within her church and is part of Teen Leadership, Royal Family Kids Camp and youth group activities. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art.

She is the daughter of John and Janet Appleby.

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